It's not often you get to say you had a drink with Captain America. But walking into the hotel room, you could tell that Chris Evans needs one.
Not that he looked bad – dressed simply in khaki chinos and blue sweater, he's done enough of these press tours to know what works both style-wise and for comfort. But the man looks buggered. Which is understandable when you realise that he'd literally landed in Australia the night before.
In saying that, Evans has a lot to be tired about. Aside from promoting a new film and being named the latest ambassador for Chivas Regal's latest release, Ultis, Evans has become an unwitting political campaigner, flung into a murky spotlight after Tweeting his disbelief at Donald Trump taking out the Presidency over Hillary Clinton.
The native Bostonian has become an outspoken critic of both Trump and the recent elections. Calling the recently elected businessman a bully and a racist and even challenging the validity of the US electoral college.
Asked what would Captain America do if this were happening in the Avengers' world, Evans' response is candidly heartfelt.
"It's interesting and so nice to play a character that aligns with a lot of the beliefs that I have because he would do exactly what I would do which is fight to protect human rights.
"Everything is so volatile at the moment – you drop one sentence, sparks flash and people can become explosive. But I think what Captain America would do is what I would do – be considerate; be thoughtful of other people and maintain a certain level of compassion and sympathy for other humans and what they are going through."
We're watching unabashed bigotry creep into the White House right before our eyes. This isn't about left vs right. It's about right vs wrong https://t.co/Qe8OUd0D3m— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) November 14, 2016
This is an embarrassing night for America. We've let a hatemonger lead our great nation. We've let a bully set our course. I'm devastated.— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) November 9, 2016
All grown up
It's a maturity and sensitivity that's a far cry from the young man who famously parodied a whipped cream seduction scene in 2011's Not Another Teen Movie.
As the Human Torch and Captain America, he's saved the world more times than I have cooked. He's become a vocal figure in the US political debate. And he can, in his own words, "pour a beer like a ninja" ("You can give me a monster glass, that won't matter – you won't see a bubble".)
But most recently the action star has added the title of brand ambassador to his resume, with the Chivas Regal tapping into the actor to launch their latest drink Chivas Regal Ultis. Evans joins Australia's Michael Klim for the brand's ongoing campaign 'Win The Right Way'. Despite signing up several months before the election, this venture seems particularly poignant considering the current political climate.
On the rocks
"A lot of the time, these promotional gigs do come your way and they don't always align with something that you would normally endorse or use in your personal life," explains Evans.
"But this time it was like 'Oh yeah, Chivas. S--t. I love Chivas! I drink that all the time. This is great! In fact, it's perfect!' I have no problem working with this brand because feel that I can really be myself. Because if you ask me the question do I like it I can candidly say that I do without feeling any need to pretend."
The Ultis is something of an Avenger itself, being a combination of the best and the boldest. Made using five of the most treasured signature single malts hand selected from millions of casks kept in Speyside, Scotland.
And his preferred method of drinking? "I gotta admit, I need a little ice in it. If you don't put some ice in there, then things can turn south pretty quickly."
Just the nip
On top of his ambassadorial duties, the actor is currently in Australia promoting his latest film Gifted, which also stars Scottish actress Lindsay Duncan and comedian Jenny Slate.
"It [Gifted] was a movie and a script that I really responded to," explains Evans.
"It's a really human story about human struggle and family and it's just something that I thought 'if it's done right, it can be sweet and endearing'."
By the end, Evans looks not so much tired as he does ready to relax. He's got a full schedule ahead including an awards ceremony that night where he'll be guest of honour. Eying off the bottle of Chivas conveniently sitting on a desk nearby, I suggest we round things up by testing out said ninja pouring skills.
"Is there a pouring skill when it comes to whisky? I don't care – let's have a nip of whisky!"